The talented 21-year-old, who is turning heads and attracting attention with his immense talent on the Indy Light circuit in the US this year, finished his 2015 rookie season in third position driving for the Carlin team. This season, after eight rounds of racing, he is currently leading the drivers’ championship – 29 points ahead of his nearest rival, with a further 10 rounds to go.
In his most recent race, Jones claimed second place in the Mazda Freedom 100 on May 27, losing out on victory in the closest-ever finish in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Dean Stoneman by 0.00024 seconds.
Asteco managing director John Stevens said: “Ed’s personal qualities certainly provide synergy with our own corporate values. Ambition, talent and determination are just a few of the core values shared between us, so we had no hesitation supporting him when the opportunity arrived.”
Jones’ next challenge in Indy Light will be the Round 9 and 10 races at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on June 24 and 26.
The Mazda Road to Indy is the only driver development programme in the world to feature a champion’s scholarship at every level to advance to the next step on the ladder. The Indy Lights champion is awarded a $1 million scholarship which pays toward competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series with three guaranteed races including the Indianapolis 500.
Team and driver prize packages total over $1.9 million.
“We are proud to be supporting such a talented young racing driver who is flying the flag for the UAE in the US. Ed’s performance so far has been very impressive and we hope he can achieve his ultimate goal this year of winning the Indy Lights championship,” added Stevens.